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### How can I get the order of questions in a search to be by date?

I frequently do a search with the following: [cosmology] answers:0 . I would like the questions ordered by the date they were asked with the most recent first. How ...
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### How can I find a [cosmology] question where I cannot remember any text or title for a search?

I answered a question and I have saved a copy of the text from my answer. Is there a way I can search for this?
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### Cross posting a question

Is it possible that this question about teaching torque is crossposted to the science educators Stack Exchange site? As a question I think it's great, just not fit for this particular site. The ...
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### (Almost) ten years of Physics Stack Exchange

This is something we should flag early if we want to do something in time for when it happens: the tenth anniversary of Physics Stack Exchange will happen in three months. Specifically, the private ...
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### Language that can be perceived as sexist

I consider the phrase “you guys” to be sexist and unwelcoming (even though I am well-aware that many people don’t). I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. After a back-and-forth in comments with ...
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### Has Physics.SE had this same trolling experience?

This is now the second time at Matter Modeling SE, where we have received this exact same question (both times by an "unregistered user"): I made the mistake of engaging with it the first ...
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### Is there a convenient way to find questions which I have previously answered?

I started my participation yesterday, and I was very gratefully and pleasantly surprised to receive a perfect answer. I also looked through 10 pages of unanswered questions, and I answered a few. Now ...
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This question is entitled If there is an infinite number of universes doesn't that mean there is a universe where there is not an infinite number of parallel universes?. I downvoted this question ...
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### Is it relevant to ask questions regarding careers in physics and not actually some physics concept?

I wanted to know something about the education in physics. For example: I like so-and-so field of physics. Then which course would be better for me to pursue in future? I want to study something ...
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### HTML tag rendering

An old answer of mine just got an upvote, which caused me to look at it again, and I was surprised to discover that my HTML tags for italics (that is the letter $i$ between two pointy brackets) were ...
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### What are the criteria for putting a question less than 5 years old on the front page after editing it to include info from a newly-cited source?

When I had attempted to edit an answer so as to add some detail, I was told that details should be included in comments, as an edit would cause the question and its answer to display on the front page....
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### What would be the goal of this site if all possible questions have been asked and answered? [duplicate]

From what I heard since I've joined, I've understood that the purpose of Stack Exchange was to make a knowledge repository, but what if one day we document every single possible question which could ...
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### What can I do to improve this question which I posted?

Recently I posted this question about Stefan-Boltzmann law which ended up getting three downvotes over the days. So, I'm wondering what exactly I did wrong. I had asked for help from a friend and ...
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### Resigning as a moderator

I've decided that it's time for me to step down as a moderator of this site. This has been something I've been thinking about for quite a while; it's a product of numerous events that have occurred ...
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### Animations for answers: Would “source code” be a solution?

In many cases an animation would make an answer much clearer. Here on Physics Meta there was already the question if it is possible to add animations to answers. A comment suggests using animated GIF ...
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### Understanding the voting process

I'm quite puzzled as to why this answer I wrote got three downvotes (here). The OP's question indicates they had a fundamental misunderstanding and probably got lost while self-studying the subject. ...
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I often see users, including moderators, leaving "helpful hints" comments on various posts. They could be posted on off-topic homework problems pointing the user in the right direction on ...
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### FAQ for Physics Stack Exchange

Frequently Asked Questions This thread is an index of Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources, for Physics Stack Exchange. General questions about Stack Exchange For general questions about ...
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### Are physics-related notation and terminology questions on-topic?

This is prompted by What is the origin of the naming convention for position functions? which asks why s is used as the letter for position. Here are some more examples. which letter to use for a ...
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### What are the views of PSE community members on moderator deletion of upvoted answers?

I would like to hear the views of PSE community members on the deletion of my two upvoted answers to this question. I am especially interested in the views of ordinary (non-moderator) members of the ...
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### What is the site policy on asking for references for concepts?

Sometimes I find a particular concept which I can't find much description about in the books I know. Is it accepted to ask for references in such scenarios?
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### Should we not let an answer/question be deleted?

Since the content on PSE is licensed under CC BY-SA $4.0$, I suppose the content that is once posted on PSE becomes part the free culture (correct me if I am wrong), and thus, even if the author ...
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### How are suspension times determined?

How are suspension times determined? http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2009/04/a-day-in-the-penalty-box/ says it can be anywhere from 1 to 365 days. But unlike in real life, no rules are given for what ...
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### New tag “Physical quantities”

I would like to ask a question about function quantities, but I didn't find any adequate tags. If I didn't miss something, it might be useful to introduce a new tag, for example "physical ...
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### Did the question really deserve to be closed?

The question Op didn't format the question in a very nice/ didn't put a lot of background.. however I do think that what the actual substance of the question is actually high value. I recall being ...
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### What happens after being put in the penalty box two (or more) times? [duplicate]

I've been thrown in the penalty box because I allegedly made rude comments and I had to cool down. What happens if one is thrown in the box for a second (or third, fourth...) time? Will he/she (or I) ...
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### What happens after being put in the penalty box twice (or more)? [duplicate]

I've been thrown in the penalty box because I allegedly made rude comments and I had to cool down. What happens if one is thrown in the box for a second (or third, fourth...) time? Will he/she (or I) ...
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### Problem with deletion of comments

Someone decided to delete all comments posted under my question here: Do "almost black holes" exist? This is insane, there were valuable comments. They should have been moved to chat if they ...
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### Using chemical formulas

Using chemical formulas I've tried using, now be careful: dollar-sign backslash letter "ce" opening-brace chemical-formula closing-brace dollar-sign. Unlike on Chemistry, it is not working ...
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### Enabling mhchem to write chemical formulas?

It would be nice to have mhchem enabled, by adding TeX: { extensions: ["mhchem.js"] } to the mathjax configuration. ...
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### What are the principles for editing another person's question?

If I wish to edit a question to improve its quality, what are the general guidelines to keep in mind? Sometimes I feel I deviate from the OP's original style when I use formatting. So, what all ...
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### Can this question be migrated, if the reason to close it was specifically being off topic and more of an engineering question?

I have this question: Why are turbines more effective than propellers on airplanes? Unfortunately, it has been closed. The reason is off topic and specifically belonging rather to Engineering. I do ...
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### Why don't some questions on Physics Stack Exchange have any answers for the past many years with very high votes? Why are they not active now?

The below links are two examples of such questions which are not answered in 7-8 years. I also read on that questions that they were active some 3-4 years ago. What is the problem with these types of ...
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### Why do I get a -1 point every time I downvote a post?

Do you lose reputation for downvoting?
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### Do we need to delete informative, off-topic comments under old questions?

When I read old posts, I come across some informative comments below the questions which are off-topic, i.e., not aimed at asking for clarification, but they do add some value. I have noticed such ...
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### Should we increase the reputation points for editing/ quality of edit?

So, I read this thread and I'm personally on the side that we should try to see what the user is actually is trying to say instead of focusing over lenses on the grammar of the post. Now with that in ...
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### Are “check my understanding” questions permitted?

I know that "check my work" questions are off-topic, I understand the reasons behind that, but does this also apply to "check my understanding" questions? For example: My ...
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### Re-asking this specific reference request [duplicate]

A few days ago, I requested reference for TVMF. Unfortunately, this question was downvoted without a reason specified giving no space to improve and inappropriately making the question potentially ...
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### This is a sandbox

This is a sandbox You can use this question as a formatting sandbox (if you can edit CW questions), and you can post answers if you want to test out formatting there as well. NB: It's hard not to ...
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### Should proper English matter?

Some members do not proofread what they have written, some are used to informal communication channels, and some are not native English speakers. The result is that posts frequently have incorrect ...
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### What to do when you have multiple good answers?

Alright, this is probably a weird question but sometimes I get two competing answers to a question both of which I think are very good. So, in case of a tie, how do I choose the answers?
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### Is “check-my-work” defined to be off-topic in the site's help? (Should it be?)

On a recent question, there was some discussion in the comments about "homework-like" and "check-my-work". With regard to the latter, the OP pointed out that "check-my-work&...
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### Suggestions for the Welcome Modal

This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows: You can make suggestions along the following lines: ...
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### Non-question: experimenting with custom close-reason banners in different contexts [closed]

I'm experimenting with editing close reasons, so here's a "question" that I can immediately close. Here's how the custom close reason looks in the close-question dialog: Here's how the ...
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### The homework close reason contradicts itself

The first two sentences of the Homework close reason are: Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic here, particularly when asking about specific computations ...
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### Why did I not get my badge? [duplicate]

Its been weeks since I asked 5 well received questions, but I haven't yet received the Curious badge. Can anybody tell me the reason to this?
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### Can we restrict what kinds of identification questions are on topic?

Recently there was a significant discussion about whether a question on the main site should be on topic. I very strongly believe that it is not a good question for the site and should not be on topic ...
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### Question and answer deleted: not in P.SE's interest in my opinion

Very recently a question and answer of mine was deleted [closed, Edit.] here: Cooling of a Uniform Sphere with Convective heat loss at the boundary The question and answer had been deleted by ...